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Year 9

 

Outline

In the design of the program at this level, the following considerations were seen as being of key importance:

  • Programs at this level must enable students to take responsibility for tailoring their course of study within clear and reasonable guidelines
  • Students should be able to explore which studies are most relevant to their educational and vocational needs, therefore there must be some choice of electives
  • Ensuring that students do not deny themselves access to future learning opportunities, a series of minimum requirements must be established

 

These are:

  • Technology/1 unit
  • The Arts/1 unit

* All students (with the exception of Special Needs students) must study      Languages in Semester One and Semester Two of Year Nine.

STUDENT CHOICE

In Year 9 students must choose 4 Semester Elective units in addition to their core units.

Sample Year 9 Program

Semester One Semester Two

1. Religion

1. Religion

2. English

2. English

3. Mathematics

3. Mathematics

4. Science

4. Science

5. Humanities

5. Humanities

6. Health & P.E

6. Health & P.E

7. Languages

7. Languages

Plus two elective choices

Plus 2 Elective Choices

Note:

In the course of Year 9 all students must complete the subjects listed 1 to 7 in the table above.

The students also need to choose four units from the Elective options. 

Of these four units, two are to be guided choices; students must choose one unit from The Arts and one unit from Technology.

 

Middle School Examinations

Outline

At the end of each semester, all Year 10 students are required to complete formal examinations.

The purpose of the examinations is to give students an introduction to the type of assessment they will face in their Senior Secondary Years. As with other Assessment Tasks conducted throughout the school year, examinations are designed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

The examinations will NOT be the only opportunity students have to demonstrate their competence and skill in each unit. In all units, the Examination is one of several Assessment Tasks.

Subject teachers will be advising them as how to best prepare themselves for the Examinations. Students should take note of the revision activities occurring in their classrooms. Just as different subjects require different skills, each subject will have its own specific revision activities and strategies.

Revisions should occur at regular intervals and not be left until the last minute.

One of the most important reasons for introducing students to examinations in the Middle School is for them to become familiar with the particular procedures and rituals associated with examinations. Students will be expected to complete the tasks under strict examination conditions.

Examination - Rules

  • Students are responsible for knowing when their examinations are scheduled as advised by their subject teacher and in the Student Bulletins
  • Students are to arrive punctually to each Exam with the correct equipment as outlined by the subject teacher – pens, pencils, calculators (where appropriate), rulers. A dictionary is permitted for English
  • Mobile phones are not permitted in the Examination Room
  • Entry to the room must be orderly and respectful
  • Students are to follow all instructions given by the Staff member. Full examination conditions apply. Students are to remain in silence for the duration of the Examination
  • Students are not to leave the room during any Examination
  • Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated
  • There is to be no communication between students during the Examination
  • If exam rules are not adhered to the student may receive an Ungraded (UG) result for the examination
  • A medical certificate is required if a student is absent for an Examination
  • Mobile phones confiscated during an Exam will not be returned to the student until the end of the Examination Period